Mexico is suing US gunmakers for thousands of guns trafficked across the border each year. Can they win?

Mexico is suing US gunmakers for thousands of guns trafficked across the border each year. Can they win?

Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, speaks during a press conference to announces the lawsuit on August 4, 2021 in Mexico City. Mexico City (CNN)When early in his term, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called on the United States to stem the flow of weapons trafficked across the border, he was only the latest in a succession of Mexican leaders to do so. According to Mexican officials, some half a million US guns find their way to Mexico each year; the U.S. Department of Justice found that between 2014 and 2018, about 70 percent of firearms recovered in Mexico and submitted for tracing originated north of the border. Earlier this month, attorneys representing the Mexican government took a new step to confront the country’s epidemic of violence. They filed a lawsuit in a Boston federal court against 7 US gunmakers and one gun wholesaler, arguing that they bear some responsibility for the flow of weapons into criminal hands in Mexico. The suit accuses the companies of “actively facilitating” the trafficking of those guns to “drug cartels and other criminals in Mexico.” It comes as Mexico’s homicides rates hover around their highest levels since former President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against the drug cartels in 2006, with more than 36,000 reported killings last year. The market for legal guns is much smaller and more tightly controlled in Mexico than in the United States. The country has only one gunshop, and it is run by the military. Prospective […]

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